Amid the scourge of the Covid pandemic, believers cutting across faiths donated a whopping Rs 16,600 crore (Rs 166 billion) in cash to religious organisations in India. These organisations were also the top recipient of household donations between October 2020 and September 2021, showed a study titled ‘How India Gives: 2020−21’, published by the Centre for Social Impact and Philanthropy and Ashoka University.
How do religious beliefs influence our view on charity? Why do religious organisations play an important role in the philanthropic space in this secularised day and age?
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Malini Bhattacharjee is a faculty member at Azim Premji University.